Fox’s The Cleaning Lady continues to break ground. Not only is it the first show on Fox that is developed and executive produced by an Asian woman, and the first show to star an Asian woman, the series also premiered to the highest ratings of any Fox drama in two years.
Series creator Miranda Kwok is no stranger to breaking new ground. She’s held a variety of roles in Hollywood, including acting, performing stunts, writing, and producing. Prior to developing The Cleaning Lady, Kwok served as a writer and Supervising Producer for The CW’s cult favorite, The 100, for four seasons. She also happens to hold a black belt in Wushu. Kwok can pretty much do it all.
I had the opportunity to speak with Kwok about her hit new series. Kwok peeled back the curtain, explaining how the project came about, why she wanted to tell this story, and how much support both Warner Bros. and Fox gave her to create the authentically Southeast Asian show that she wanted to make.
Previously, I interviewed Martha Millan, who stars as Fiona De La Rosa on the show, and it’s clear from both Millan and Kwok that they really believe The Cleaning Lady is a special show.
Watch my conversation with Miranda Kwok below and be sure to watch The Cleaning Lady on Fox, Mondays at 9 PM/8 PM central!
Based on the Argentinean series of the same name, THE CLEANING LADY stars Élodie Yung as Thony, a resilient, whip-smart Cambodian doctor who moves to Las Vegas from the Philippines to secure medical treatment for her son. As an undocumented immigrant, she takes up work as a cleaning lady – cleaning toilets by day with a secret ability to save lives. But after accidentally witnessing a murder, she’s forced to get involved in Las Vegas’ gritty mob world, cleaning up crime scenes for mobsters in order to save her family.
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